Screenwriter Events

See the latest screenwriter events this year including film festivals, writers groups and more.

Writing a Documentary Film

Writing a Documentary Film With No Rules

By Susan Kouguell Writing a documentary… Want to learn how? Register for Susan’s upcoming Screenwriters University class, starting August 28, 2014. There is no “right or wrong” way  when it comes to writing a documentary film. Sounds easy then, right? Well–wrong! While there are no set screenwriting rules for writing a documentary script, it...

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Creating Compelling Emotional Conflict

I have been teaching screenwriting for a good while now and the greatest lesson I can share with others is how to create a conflict for your protagonist that will move an audience emotionally. This is essentially the difference between a great screenplay and a mediocre one. And it pertains to every genre of...

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Why You Should Attend The Screenwriters World Conference

The Screenwriters World Conference is a rare opportunity for any screenwriter to connect with top industry professionals, learn cutting edge writing craft techniques, learn to “pitch” their own material, and then have the opportunity to present your work to real players who can get your movie made! The three-day Screenwriters World Conference offers various...

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What Do Executives Want in Your First 10 Pages?

When an executive cracks open your screenplay, you only have one shot at making a lasting first impression. There’s no better way to learn exactly how to do that than to crawl inside the minds of executives at Screenwriters University’s Executive One-On-One: The First 10 Pages Bootcamp. Meet our bootcamp executives: For the last ten...

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Reel Story: The 101 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

Last year the Writers Guild of America voted on the 101 greatest TV shows of all time.  It was a lot of fun to cast my ballot, and I’m excited that the final rankings weren’t too far off from how I voted.  Hopefully many of you are hard at work on spec TV pilots...

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Comedy and the Kitchen Sink: The Art of Writing Comedy

By Jonathan Kesselman A few months back I had a conversation with an actor about a film we had done together. He brought up the fact that there were certain kinds of jokes in my writing that he personally liked much less than others. Specifically, he argued that whenever my comedy strayed from a more...

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Screenwriting for Readers vs. Audiences

By Ruth Atkinson, Story Editor & Script Consultant Here’s a screenwriting truth. A script is for READERS. A film is for AUDIENCES. Seems obvious, right? Clearly, you can’t have a film without a script but here’s the deal… Our engagement with a script is entirely different than our engagement with a film. Why? Because a...